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Country Championships Comes To The Central Coast

NSW Touch Football and Central Coast Council are pleased to announce a new venue for the 2019
Country Championships, with Central Coast Regional Sporting and Recreational Complex awarded the
hosting rights for the annual event.

Central Coast Council Mayor Jane Smith said the announcement was a great follow-up to the recent
announcement of the venue’s hosting of the 2020 and 2022 NSW Junior Regional Championship.
“This is a significant announcement for the Central Coast and it’s great to see the Complex fulfilling its
promise of delivering major sporting events for the region,” said Mayor Smith. “This event will deliver both a significant boost to our local economy along with an opportunity for
community members to see some of the state’s best touch footballing talent in action.
“We thank NSW Touch Football for their support of the Central Coast Regional Sporting and Recreational
Complex and look forward to these events taking place.”

NSWTA General Manager Dean Russell said it was a significant undertaking to bring the event to the
region.
“This particular area, and indeed those surrounding, have always been big supporters of the NSW Touch
Association Country Championships,” said Russell.
“For many years now, local participants have travelled out west or down south to participate and in 2019 –
the event will be in their own back yard.
“To be able to bring a prestigious and important event like the Country Championships to the region is
rewarding for those participants who have long supported this event”

The 2019 Country Championships will be held on October 19-20 and sees the best regional touch
footballing talent competing to be crowned NSW Country’s best.
The Central Coast Region has a fantastic participation rate and it is hoped that many will try their hand at
this event in a warm up to the 2019 State Cup. The venue itself set up well for an event like the Country
Championships and is easily accessible to many participants right across the state.
The Country Championships is an event that allows country players right across NSW pit themselves
against each other and with the 2020 State of Origin fast approaching will be an important pathway event
for those athletes looking for higher representative honours.

Russell estimates that with 1300 participants and officials, joined by significant family and friends travelling
in support to the destination, the event will deliver an expected economic impact of $1.3 million into the
local community.
“The ability for the event itself to deliver an economic impact into communities is really pleasing and is one
of the attractions as to why Council’s such as the Central Coast Council are interested in securing our
events.” Russell said.

For further information on the 2019 Country Championships, please visit the Country Championships Website or contact NSW Touch Football Events Coordinator Keith Lee via keith.lee@nswtouch.com.au.

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